Modi ‘anguished’ at Congress ‘abusing’ Northeast culture, calling its dress ‘outlandish’

first_img Mr. Modi asserted that in the last four years, the BJP government at the Centre, had worked for greater recognition of Indian culture and traditions, far and wide.  “Through its ‘Act, East, Act Fast’ policy, the BJP has, in the last 4.5 years, developed every region of the Northeast.”The double engine of the BJP governments in both the Centre and the State would take Mizoram to new heights, he added.Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the Northeast. Elections to the 40-member Assembly is scheduled for November 28. No substance in what Modi speaks, says Rahul Gandhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he felt a deep sense of anguish at the Congress “abusing” the Northeast culture and calling its dress “outlandish.”“I feel a deep sense of anguish when I see a Congress leader abusing the traditional dress of the Northeast States, calling them outlandish. Your hopes and ambitions do not matter to the Congress. Their priority is power and not the people of Mizoram,” he said at an election rally at Lunglei in Mizoram.Tharoor’s remarksIn August last, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor stated that the Prime Minister wears “outlandish” headgear. “I ask you why does our Prime Minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap?” he said.Mr. Modi said the country had understood the “divide and rule” policy of the Congress and that was the reason the party was just confined to a few States.“The Congress party, which once governed maximum number of States, is now restricted to just two or three States. Now, the people of Mizoram have a golden opportunity to rid themselves of this Congress culture. The Congress’s priority is not the people of Mizoram; it is fighting to gain power,” he said.Also Readlast_img read more

NGT asks Chandigarh to formulate action plan

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Union Territory of Chandigarh to develop a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in a bid to control air pollution.Following submissions made by the Advisor to Chandigarh, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “We have been informed that air pollution is a serious cause of concern in Chandigarh due to excessive number of vehicles on the roads resulting in high emission level. If it is so, remedial measures have to be planned and executed.”Number of vehicles“Steps be taken to assess the number of vehicles to be permitted proportionate to the capacity of the area. Based on such study and analysis, an appropriate policy framework be worked out,” the Bench added.Based on reports provided to the tribunal pertaining to solid waste management, the Bench directed authorities to take steps towards compliance of the Solid Waste Management rules within six weeks. Stating that steps taken towards plastic waste management and bio-medical waste management are “inadequate,” the NGT directed authorities to comply with relevant bio-medical and plastic waste management rules.Waste treatment“Efforts should be made to ensure treatment and processing of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste for which the existing plant should be put into operation by resolving the issues. The legacy waste dump sites should not be simply capped but should be bio-mined and then kept and maintained in accordance to (relevant rules),” the Bench added.Quarterly reportsWhile the Advisor has been asked to provide quarterly reports to the tribunal, he has to be present before the green panel in October with relevant compliance reports.last_img read more

FULL LIST: 2017 NBA Draft Selections

first_imgNew York (from Houston), Ognjen Jaramaz, g, Mega Leks (Serbia). World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide b-Portland (from Memphis through Denver and Cleveland), Harry Giles, c, Duke. Boston (from Sacramento through Philadelphia), Jayson Tatum, f, Duke. Phoenix, Josh Jackson, f, Kansas. Charlotte, Malik Monk, g, Kentucky. b-Portland, Justin Jackson, f, North Carolina. a-Minnesota, Lauri Markkanen, f, Arizona. New York, Frank Ntilikina, g, Strasbourg (France). Detroit, Luke Kennard, g, Duke. New York (from Chicago), Damyean Dotson, g, Houston. Philadelphia (from New York through Utah and Toronto), Jonah Bolden, f, FMP Beograd (Serbia). Dallas, Dennis Smith Jr., g, N.C. State. Phoenix (from Toronto), Alec Peters, f, Valparaiso. Miami, Bam Adebayo, f, Kentucky. Sacramento (from Philadelphia), De’Aaron Fox, g, Kentucky. Phoenix, Davon Reed, g, Miami. Atlanta (from Charlotte), Tyler Dorsey, g, Oregon. c-Denver, Donovan Mitchell, g, Louisville. Boston (from L.A. Clippers), Jabari Bird, g, California. LATEST STORIES Philadelphia (from Atlanta), Mathias Lessort, f, Nanterre 92 (France). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Portland (from Cleveland), Caleb Swanigan, f, Purdue. g-New Orleans, Dwayne Bacon, f, Florida State. San Antonio, Jaron Blossomgame, f, Clemson. a-Chicago, Justin Patton, c, Creighton. Brooklyn (from Boston), Aleksandar Vezenkov, f, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain). Boston (from Cleveland), Kadeem Allen, g, Arizona. f-Utah (from Golden State), Josh Hart, g, Villanova.SECOND ROUNDg-Charlotte (from Atlanta through Brooklyn), Frank Jackson, g, Duke. Houston (from Denver), Isaiah Hartenstein, c, Zalgiris (Lithuania) Indiana, Ike Anigbogu, c, UCLA. Sources: Bulls trade Butler to Timberwolves Denver (from Memphis through Oklahoma City), Vlatko Cancar, f, Mega Leks (Serbia). e-Brooklyn (from Boston), Kyle Kuzma, f, Utah. b-Sacramento (from New Orleans), Zach Collins, c, Gonzaga. c-Utah, Tyler Lydon, f, Syracuse. Philadelphia (from Dallas), Jawun Evans, g, Oklahoma State.center_img Philadelphia (from Brooklyn through Boston), Markelle Fultz, g, Washington. c-Traded to Utah.d-Traded Philadelphia.e-Traded to Utah.f-Traded to L.A. Lakers.g-Traded to New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENT L.A. Lakers, Lonzo Ball, g, UCLA. Denver (from Oklahoma City), Monte’ Morris, g, Iowa State. Washington’s Markelle Fultz drives against Nevada in an NCAA college basketball game in Seattle. At right, in a Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, UCLA guard Lonzo Ball drives against California’s Charlie Moore during an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles. Fultz should go No. 1 and Ball would then get his wish to stay in Los Angeles at No. 2. Then the intrigue starts in the NBA draft. AP FILEDraft: June 22, Brooklyn, New YorkFIRST ROUNDADVERTISEMENT Boston (from Minnesota through Phoenix), Semi Ojeleye, f, SMU. f-Utah (from Detroit), Thomas Bryant, c, Indiana. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken d-Orlando (from Toronto), Anzejs Pasecniks, c, Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain). Toronto (from L.A. Clippers through Milwaukee), OG Anunoby, f, Indiana. Philadelphia (from Miami through Atlanta), Sterling Brown, g, SMU. Orlando, Jonathan Isaac, f, Florida State. k-New Orleans (from Washington), Edmond Sumner, g, Xavier. Utah, Nigel Williams-Goss, g, Gonzaga. Atlanta, John Collins, f, Wake Forest. j-Houston (from Portland), Dillon Brooks, f, Oregon. h-Traded to Memphis.i-Traded to Golden State.j-Traded to Memphis.k-Traded to Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milwaukee, D.J. Wilson, f, Michigan. MOST READ Sacramento (from Philadelphia through New Orleans), Frank Mason III, g, Kansas. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Indiana, TJ Leaf, f, UCLA. San Antonio, Derrick White, g, Colorado. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Milwaukee, Sindarius Thornwell, g, South Carolina. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Atlanta (from Golden State through Philadelphia and Utah), Alpha Kaba, f, Mega Leks (Serbia).Proposed TradesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutouta-Traded to Chicago.b-Traded to Portland. Oklahoma City, Terrance Ferguson, g, Adelaide 36ers (Australia). What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken i-Chicago (from Sacramento through Cleveland), Jordan Bell, f, Oregon. h-Orlando, Ivan Rabb, f, California. f-L.A. Lakers (from Houston), Tony Bradley, c, North Carolina. Brooklyn (from Washington), Jarrett Allen, c, Texas. Orlando (from L.A. Lakers), Wesley Iwundu, f, Kansas State.last_img read more

Kirsten pays special attention to Sehwag, Gambhir

first_imgAfter Praveen Kumar’s elbow injury ruled him out of the World Cup, the Indian team management seemed to be extra cautious and careful about the players who are coming back from injuries.No wonder that coach Gary Kirsten paid special attention to the Delhi duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who have recently recuperated from shoulder and elbow injuries respectively, during the first day of India’s short pre-World Cup camp that got underway at the National Cricket Academy on Wednesday.Both Sehwag and Gambhir didn’t take part in the ODI series in South Africa keeping the World Cup in mind.Sehwag was the first to hit the nets and knocked for about 30 minutes, followed by Gambhir and then Yuvraj Singh. Kirsten, who according to Indian team members never gets tired by giving throw downs did the same for the trio.After a much-needed 16-day break, the members of the squad seemed to have refreshed as one saw the players upbeat and happy during their two-hour session.The session started with a 30-minute football match between two groups in which coach Kirsten also participated and then most of the top-order batsmen save senior-most pro Sachin Tendulkar had a knock at the nets.The maestro preferred spending some quality time at the NCA gymnasium.The other Indian batsmen, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan were also seen knocking at the adjacent nets.Barring Harbhajan Singh, all the bowlers, including part-time spinners Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj, rolled their arms in the presence of bowling coach Simmons.advertisementSimmons also paid special attention to the fringe bowlers like Piyush Chawla, Ravichandran Ashwin and S Sreesanth.Harbhajan, preferred to stay away from the net session on Wednesday and was seen doing some light stretching exercises during the fag end of the session.The serious business, however, is expected to start from Thursday as India play their first warm-up match against Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday before leaving for Chennai where they will round off the preparation with the second and the last practice match against New Zealand on February 16.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

‘Pringle deserves MVP award, too’

first_img“I toiled for it. I’ve always wanted to improve every game, every conference. I try not to be stagnant. I want to continue improving,” said Fajardo.“Who would’ve thought I’d ever snare five, right? I was the butt of jokes back then, now I’m on the cusp of having the most [MVP trophies].”Votes from players, the league and members of the press will determine the winner.Pringle, despite limited games due to a stint with the national team, is also the scoring king with a 21 points average. The MVP will be bared on Jan. 13 during the Season 44 opening.ADVERTISEMENT “Whoever wins deserves it,” the 29-year-old Fajardo told reporters in Filipino shortly after San Miguel Beer’s first practice for the year at Acropolis in Libis on Wednesday.NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle leads the statistical points race with 35.5 while Fajardo, the Best Player in the first two conferences until a shin injury prior to the Governors’ Cup limited him to just three games, has 33.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s actually nice that he’s leading,” Fajardo said of Pringle. “But of course, if ever I get it, I’ll still consider it as a blessing.”If he wins, Fajardo will get past mentor Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, both with four MVP trophies, too, but were not consecutive winners like the Cebuano. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Fajardo. —DENISON DALUPANGOne person stands in the way of an unprecedented fifth Most Valuable Player honors for June Mar Fajardo in the Philippine Basketball Association.But the San Miguel Beer star center is the least bothered about it.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Resurgent Lady Maroons out to surprise UAAP volley field MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Eddie Murphy welcomes his ninth child

first_imgEddie Murphy has welcomed his ninth child.ALSO READ: After 8 children, comedian Eddie Murphy is all set to welcome the 9th one The 54-year-old actor’s Australian model girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, gave birth to their daughter Izzy Oona Murphy – the couple’s first child together – on Tuesday (May 3).Eddie’s representative told Entertainment Tonight, “Both mother and daughter are doing well.”The Shrek star already has five children, Bria, 25, Miles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13, with ex-wife Nicole Murphy, whom he split from in 2006 after 22 years of marriage.The Beverly Hills Cop star also has son Eric, 26, with Paulette McNeely, son Christian, 25, with Tamara Hood, and eight-year-old daughter Angel with former Spice Girl singer Mel B.A source previously said, “Eddie really is a family man and loves all of his children, so he’s so excited about having another one.”Even though he has eight children by four different women, they all come together on holidays and for sporting events and hang out at his mansion as one big blended family.”All of the children love each other dearly and the women, having all moved on with their own relationships, co-exist very well together.”last_img read more

Better audio processing at the edge

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog, Design Methods, IoT Audio processing at the edge has emerged as a particularly hot topic as users have (largely) embraced voice-based interfaces for personal devices and home electronics. The “largely” qualifier arises from specific concerns about response latency and overall feature capabilities as well as broader privacy concerns over personal conversations reaching the public cloud. It’s no surprise that developers are gaining more solutions such as the Knowles IA8201 device, which integrates a pair of Tensilica-based processor cores: one for high-performance computing and machine-learning inference and another for very-low-power always-on audio-signal processing. Unlike Knowles’ earlier IASonic IA8508, which combines similar audio-processing cores with an Arm Cortex-M4 processor, the IA8201 is specifically designed to serve as a dedicated companion processor in designs featuring voice-activated applications (see below). click either image for larger version Knowles’ IASonic processors include the new IA8201 companion audio processor (left) and earlier IA8508 audio application processor (right). (Source: Knowles) Some of the use cases Knowles looked to address specifically with the IA8201 include multi-microphone processing and machine-learning inference. With its expertise and history in microphone technology, the company is well-acquainted with the kind of multi-microphone configurations commonly used to increase accuracy of speech recognition in voice-activated products. According to Knowles, adding microphones makes channel separation exponentially more difficult, leading to significant challenges in designing devices based on more general-purpose processors. In contrast, the IA8201’s ability to handle those processing loads enables developers to use the device to create multi-microphone designs that achieve 10-100x efficiency of those earlier approaches. Similarly, the processing loads associated with machine-learning inference has limited the capabilities of voice-activated systems, requiring the use of cloud-based resources with increased response time and privacy vulnerabilities. The result, as our colleague Max Maxfield says, “…enables new audio use cases beyond what the host processor provides.” For more on Knowles microphone history and its new IA8201 device, check out Max’s article: “Next-Gen Processor for Audio and AI at the Edge. “ Continue Reading Previous Marvell extends strategic partnership with ArmNext Exploring the intersection of IoT, AI and quantum computingcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Wembley will not be sold by the FA after Shahid Khan withdraws offer

first_imgAnd those debts?- The FA announced earlier this year that it expected to have paid off the £757m it took to redevelop Wembley Stadium by the end of 2024. The 90,000 capacity venue opened in 2007 and debt repayments initially led to accusations that the showpiece venue was being milked for all the cash it could provide. That is no longer necessary, but the FA may have to look again at its long term revenues if it hopes to deliver anything like the ‘transformative’ change it had hoped for from the Wembley sale. Reuse this content Read more Share on Twitter Thank you for your feedback. Hide What about the grassroots investment?- This affair has been another blow to the FA’s reputation, but the biggest blow of all has been to grassroots sport. Khan’s bid included a cash component of £600m, the entirety of which the FA had pledged to spend on a roster of new all-weather pitches across the country, part of a total package they expected to rise to over £1bn. This will now no longer happen, at least not immediately. The FA will continue to own Wembley and the revenues it generates, but these come in over a longer time period and there are debts to take care of too. Share on Facebook news Jacksonville Jaguars Will this stall any NFL emigration?- Shad Khan did not reveal quite what he intended to use Wembley for, but American Football was certainly expected to be part of it. Khan owns the Jacksonville Jaguars and one approach would have seen him move the franchise to London, creating the league’s first European team. That will no longer happen and one man who will be happy about that is Daniel Levy. The Spurs chairman sees the NFL as central to plans for his own new stadium, currently facing difficulties after its opening was delayed. There will now be at least two venues competing for American sports teams, but no single franchise. Since 2013 Khan’s Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team have played one match a season at Wembley, which have been popular and lucrative for the team. The motivation for his proposed purchase was widely assumed to be a move to extend the NFL and Jaguars’ London presence in future years. Last week Mark Waller, an NFL executive vice-president, said London could host a permanent NFL team from 2022. Khan’s representatives have denied that this is explicitly the plan for the Jaguars, explaining that the extension of the profitable London presence, which further markets the sport outside the US, will have to be decided by the NFL as a whole.Khan also cited the divisions within the FA council in his statement, saying: “At this moment, following last week’s FA council hearing, it appears there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin that the FA chairman has required.“Unfortunately, given where we are today, I’ve concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favored [sic] by the FA chairman to sell Wembley. Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer to purchase Wembley Stadium.”The FA said the Wembley debate has “undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment”. Attention will now turn to that issue, and in particular whether the Premier League, whose 20 clubs are receiving £8.4bn from the 2016-19 TV deals, should contribute more to fund grassroots improvements. Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Topics Show Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC The FA board effectively approved the sale and sought a “significant majority” of support from council members, who represent all sections of football from amateur counties to professional, Premier League representatives.At a non-voting council meeting last week, where some insiders said the overall sentiment was broadly supportive, some members voiced strong opposition in principle to selling the national football stadium. The former Premier League chairman Sir David Richards, a non-voting council vice‑president who called the proposal “scandalous” in April, is understood to have been one of those who voiced opposition.That division was cited by Khan as his key reason for withdrawing the offer, which the FA announced first, explaining in a statement that Wembley will now not be sold and will continue to be owned by the governing body: “Mr Khan believed that his offer to buy Wembley stadium would release funds to help improve community football facilities in England and that it would be well received by all football stakeholders.“At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal.” The FA The Football Association’s proposed £600m sale of Wembley stadium to Shahid Khan has been unexpectedly cancelled after the owner of Fulham football club and the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team suddenly withdrew.Khan’s decision to scrap the offer, which the FA first made public in April and on which it has since been consulting, came a week before the FA’s 127-member council was due to vote on the proposal. Greg Clarke, the FA chairman, and chief executive Martin Glenn have consistently argued for the sale, to release the £600m and further matched funding to improve grassroots, public football facilities throughout England which are generally run-down and suffering from local authority budget cuts. Fulham Quick guide What next for Wembley? Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Premier League should contribute more after collapse of Wembley sale Share via Email Wembley stadium Is Wembley still for sale?- Officially, no. The FA have always said that the offer from Shad Khan to buy the stadium was unsolicited. Unofficially, executives were clearly interested in the opportunity to release substantial funds for investment. But the split between the suits and the blazers, FA Council representatives, was irreconcilable. Even if it were possible to change that in future, potential buyers will no doubt have taken note and will be wary of getting their fingers burnt as Khan has.last_img read more

Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope Francis

first_img Reuters BarcelonaApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 19:18 IST Pope Francis said Lionel Messi must not be called God (Reuters Photo)For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.”In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.”People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.”(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.Also Read | I miss Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain, he gave La Liga prestige: Lionel MessiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow GodFollow PopeFollow Pope FrancisFollow Argentina Next Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope FrancisPope Francis said that football fans should not call Lionel Messi as God because it is sacrilege adding that only God can be worshipedadvertisementlast_img read more

Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount Titlis

first_img Next Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount TitlisParupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition badminton game on Mount Titlis.advertisement Ateet Sharma EngelbergApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 16:48 IST Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth played badminton on Titlis (Sai Praneeth Instagram Photo)Ever imagined what it would be like to play a badminton match on the Swiss Alps, that too in freezing temperatures? Ask Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth who were invited by Switzerland and Engelberg-Titlis Tourism to play an exhibition game on Mount Titlis, at a height of 10,000 feet, recently.The duo, in Switzerland for the Swiss Open Badminton Championship, though weren’t the original choice for the event held to kick-start preparations for the BWF Badminton World Championships scheduled to be held at St Jakobshalle in Basel this August. It was Kashyap’s wife and star Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal who was to travel from the All England Open Championships in Birmingham to participate in this showpiece event, a first in many ways. However, she flew to India after suffering from acute stomach pain’, later diagnosed as acute gastroenteritis.So, here were Kashyap and Praneeth, holding their breath for an edge-of-the-seat experience as their chopper took off from Basel for a 20-minute ride to Engelberg, a small village which also acts as the base for the cable car ride to Titlis. Upon landing, they found themselves surrounded by snow on all sides.”This is unbelievable. It is really beautiful,” Kashyap told India Today as he and Praneeth went on a selfie-taking spree.I miss @nehwalsaina! This is what Parupalli Kashyap has to say on top of @EngelbergTitlis! @parupallik #InLoveWithSwitzerland #TitlisEngelberg pic.twitter.com/eRe7vWPtwjSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019″It was my first time in a helicopter and that too we flew over the Alps. I can’t really describe the feeling,” exclaimed Praneeth.advertisementFrederic Fussenich, the Director of Engelberg-Titlis Tourism, welcomed the Indian players while his team handed over the snow boots and jackets to the Hyderabad duo.”I think Mount Titlis should be on the bucket list of every Indian. They should come here at least once in their life time, most of them do. You have to experience the snow, the glacier caves, go over the high suspension bridge and get the whole feeling of being on the mountain of love as it is called,” said Fussenich.And they create history @parupallik & @saiprneeth92 play the first ever badminton game on top of titlis! We wish you could make it too…@NSaina @EngelbergTitlis pic.twitter.com/JwfsDfg5XoSwitzerland Tourism (@MySwitzerlandIN) March 12, 2019Once on Titlis Rotair, the world’s first 360 degree revolving cable car, it was time for Kashyap to make a video call to Saina back home. The view of snow-covered peaks had completely bowled over the Indian players.”We have seen something like this only in Telgu and Bollywood movies. In fact, I was just telling Praneeth that how can our heroines do song sequences in this kind of snow wearing a saree! This view is breathtaking. I am missing Saina so much. She just told me over phone how much she’s missing this unique experience,” said Kashyap who got married to the champion shuttler last December.A makeshift badminton court was ready for the mixed-doubles exhibition game on the terrace of Mount Titlis which also featured Sabrina Jacques, Switzerland’s No. 1 women’s singles player and para-athlete Karin Suter.Playing badminton at 10,000 feet, in sub-zero temperature and amidst high winds was impossible. However, the players didn’t disappoint a sizeable crowd, consisting of many Indians, with some hard-worked rallies and smashes.”The idea behind the event was to promote the 2019 World Championships which will be held from August 19 to 25 in Basel. When people talk about Switzerland and Basel, they normally think about mountains so we thought that it will be quite nice to do an event at Mount Titlis,” said Robert de Kock, President, Swiss Badminton who is also a BWF Council member.Both Kashyap and Praneeth will also participate in the 25th edition of the World Championships at Basel where 500 athletes from over 50 countries will be seen in action.”Since Mount Titlis is covered in snow throughout the year, maybe I will bring Saina here. She should definitely see this,” Kashyap said as went for a cliff walk on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, just a few hundred meters away from the peak of Mount Titlis.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Parupalli KashyapFollow B Sai PraneethFollow BadmintonFollow Switzerland TourismFollow Mount TitlisFollow Saina Nehwallast_img read more

Government must work in partnership with the voluntary sector – PM Holness

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness says volunteerism is an important part of national development. Story Highlights Speaking at the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Convention in Montego Bay recently, the Prime Minister stressed that a stronger partnership between the Government and the private sector including service groups, is needed across the region to improve the quality of life of citizens. “Government must work in partnership with the voluntary sector. Volunteerism is an important part of national development and not because it is a philanthropic endeavour, not because it is voluntary, it doesn’t mean that it is free. What it means is that someone chooses to absorb the cost so that those who are needy can benefit. It is the ultimate expression of selflessness,” said Prime Minister Holness. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says volunteerism is an important part of national development.Speaking at the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Convention in Montego Bay recently, the Prime Minister stressed that a stronger partnership between the Government and the private sector including service groups, is needed across the region to improve the quality of life of citizens.“Government must work in partnership with the voluntary sector. Volunteerism is an important part of national development and not because it is a philanthropic endeavour, not because it is voluntary, it doesn’t mean that it is free. What it means is that someone chooses to absorb the cost so that those who are needy can benefit. It is the ultimate expression of selflessness,” said Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness further stated that volunteerism can make Jamaica and by extension the region a better place.He made clear the Government’s position in wanting to partner with private sector such as Kiwanis.“It is a win-win exercise, it is a fair trade. Government therefore should encourage the partnerships and Government wants to partner with all third sector players specifically with the Kiwanis,” said Mr. Holness.In the meantime, Mr. Holness lauded the Kiwanis movement for its distinguished contribution to society.“There is no denying the indelible mark made across the globe by Kiwanis International since [its] founding in 1915 more than a century ago. The nation deeply appreciates and values the role that the Kiwanis is playing in human development and human capital development specifically,” stated Prime Minister Holness.Jamaica recently hosted the Kiwanis Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Convention for the fifth time.last_img read more

Conservatives now back inquiry into murdered missing Indigenous women

first_img(Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (left) and interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose (right). Twitter)APTN National News OTTAWA—Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party will now support the Liberal government’s plan to hold a public inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Ambrose said during an interview with CBC News Friday that the Liberal government will have her full support on the planned inquiry.“I have always said we need action and not more reports. If the Liberal government wants to do an inquiry and they think it’s an important thing to do, I will support it,” said Ambrose.The move is a complete reversal of the position the Conservative’s took while in power. Former prime minister Stephen Harper was strongly opposed to holding an inquiry. Ambrose, who held the Status of Women portfolio at one point in the Harper government, always publicly supported her former leader’s position.Now, she’s had a change of heart.Ambrose telegraphed the shift Friday morning when she tweeted a photograph of a chance encounter with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.“Looking forward 2 working tgther 2 end violence against women, a passion of mine for years (sic),” tweeted Ambrose, along with a smiling photograph of her posing with Wilson-Raybould.Met @Puglaas this morning!Looking forward 2 working tgther 2 end violence against women, a passion of mine for years pic.twitter.com/Ji78wuqj3j— Rona Ambrose (@RonaAmbrose) November 6, 2015A spokesperson for Wilson-Raybould said the minister met Ambrose by chance in CTV’s Ottawa studio.“There has been on formal meeting between the minister and Ms. Ambrose,” said the spokesperson.APTN National News contacted Ambrose’s office shortly after the tweet seeking comment, but received no response.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

People think female story is not high art Larson

first_imgLos Angeles: Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has said it is amusing to her that some people are not able to comprehend that her film has crossed over USD 1 billion mark at the global box office. The film, which feature Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first tentpole to be fronted by a woman. During an interview at the Women in the World conference in New York City, the 29-year-old actor said she initially felt the pressure to deliver when she started shooting for the project but believes the notion that women-fronted films cannot get good openings at the ticket window is “bogus”. “We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with a majority of women. It started with women filmmakers. “This weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies or are not important to storytelling or the female story is not high art, it’s bogus. I don’t want to for a second buy into it,” Larson said. The actor said she is “grateful” to have broken the “glass ceiling of normalising the concept that women can also make a billion dollars.” Larson is set to reprise her character in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is set to bow out on April 26.last_img read more

Environmental sustainability at centre of International Womens Day event

The role of females in the field of sustainability will be at the centre of an event held at Brock University in celebration of International Women’s Day.Women leaders in sustainability will gather on campus Friday, March 8 for a panel discussion during which they will share their experiences and provide insight into the field for interested members of the Brock community.The discussion will be held in TH 253 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a light lunch to follow.The interactive event is co-hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) through the Brock University Charter Agreement with Facilities Management.Panelists include:Julia Baird, Assistant Professor, ESRC, and Canada Research ChairCarrie Beatty, Chief Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Officer, Town of LincolnJessica Blythe, Assistant Professor, ESRC and Geography and Tourism StudiesEllen Savoia, Senior Manager, Environmental Planning, Niagara Parks CommissionNatalie Green, Project Manager, Niagara River Remedial Action PlanMary Quintana, Director, Asset Management and Utilities, Brock UniversityDue to limited seating, individuals are asked to RSVP for the event on ExperienceBU. For anyone unable to attend, the event will livestreamed online.Other Brock events related to International Women’s Day include:Tuesday, March 5Tampon Tuesday: Members of the Brock community are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day by learning about women living in poverty. Tampon Tuesday events will be taking place Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cat’s Kitchen and Bar in Niagara Falls, Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill in St. Catharines and Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse in Welland.Brock representatives will be bringing the menstrual hygiene products collected from the University’s three-week-long drive to the St. Catharines event. Last-minute donations of pads and tampons can be dropped off to the bright pink and purple boxes located across Brock’s main and satellite campuses by Monday, March 4, or directly at one of the Tampon Tuesday event locations on or before Tuesday, March 5. Wednesday, March 6Brock Women in Business present The Rise: An event dedicated to recognizing and celebrating inspirational female business leaders in Canada, The Rise  highlights not their gender but their accomplishments and provides a platform for them to inspire and advise younger generations. The event is creating a safe space to have discussions about the issues and benefits of being a woman in the workplace and encouraging an honest dialogue about women. Before the panel discussion at 2 p.m., a limited number of students have the opportunity to meet with panel members in an informal setting. The free event runs until 4 p.m. in the Goodman Atrium. Register online.COSC Female Get Together: In honour of International Women’s Day, Senior Lab Demonstrator and Co-ordinator Poling Bork is hosting a Computer Science Female Get Together.Held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in TH 247, the event will bring together female faculty and staff with female students with a major or minor in Computer Science. The event is meant to help build connections in a field often dominated by men. To RSVP for the event, email pbork@brocku.caFriday, March 8Vivek Shraya and the Queer Songbook Orchestra performance: As part of International Women’s Day, in conjunction with Brock Pride Week, Polaris Music Prize nominee Vivek Shraya will perform with 12-piece chamber pop ensemble the Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO).The concert will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.Tickets are $20 each, or $13 for students, and can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website. To prevent cost from being a barrier, free tickets are also available by contacting Brock Human Rights and Equity Advisor Michelle Poirier at mpoirier@brocku.caThe event is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock’s Human Rights and Equity Office and Women’s Campus Safety Grant. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.If you know of any additional International Women’s Day events happening at Brock, please send details to universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Record Latin American Ministerialbusiness contingent for two day joint mining forum

first_imgWith its strong growth trends and growing economic clout, Latin America has risen in recent years to become a vital part of the international economy, with its resources industry a key part of this emergence. The strength of that emergence is reflected in an increasing number of Australian miners, explorers and industry suppliers – totalling more than 80 – expanding their reach across the Indian Ocean to more than a dozen Latin American mining focused jurisdictions.Just how strong these ties are will be on show this week in Sydney when the second, two day Paydirt Latin America DownUnder 2013 conference is held at the Sheraton-on-the-Park over May 29 and 30.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the 10 Latin American delegations coming to the forum is the largest single such business group from that region to come to Sydney.Conference Convenor Bill Repard says the Ministerial and high-end business depth of the Latin American delegation is a clear sign of the region’s collective interest and emerging momentum in engaging with Australian miners and explorers.“The Australian Government has made significant effort to enhance its relations with the nations and the economies of Latin America and a particularly strong partnership is emerging in the mining sector,” Repard said. “Latin America is home to large ore bodies, strong mining cultures and governments which offer stable and attractive investment environments, yet it still holds vast, untapped potential.”“Mining has benefited from a resurgence in virtually all Latin American economies in the past 10 years to a point the sector has grown significantly its share of gross domestic product from around 4% to above 6% currently, tripling the worth of mining activity to in excess of $300 billion and on target to forecasts of $400 billion a year by 2020,” he said.“Among the more invigorated mining destinations over this period have been Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.”Ministerial or Vice Ministerial (equivalent) delegations travelling to Sydney include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.Chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council, Jose Blanco, said countries like Colombia were good examples of not just those striving to push ahead with mining expansions to establish the sector as one of their “locomotives” of economic growth, but reflective also of the challenges likely to be encountered in meeting those aspirations.“That Colombia has the potential to become a significant mining player is indisputable,” Blanco said.“The country is already the largest producer of emeralds and one of the largest exporters of thermal coal and ferronickel in the world, with the involvement of well-known players such as BHP Billiton and Glencore/Xstrata, to name a few,” he said.“There are also ample indicators that it has the potential to produce substantial quantities of gold, iron ore and metallurgical coal, provided that the price is right. However, while progress is being made by a growing number of domestic and foreign-owned mining companies, most of Colombia’s mining potential remains untapped and the industry contributes less than 3% of GDP.“But they are making steps forward including the creation of the National Mining Agency, the reform of its geological service, Ingeominas, and structural changes enhancing the independence and effectiveness of mining-related institutions.“The result is that increasing numbers of foreign resources companies, including a handful of Australian juniors, now rank Colombia as one of their preferred targets.”Repard said there was also strong interest from Latin America in learning from Australia’s mining experience in the areas of environmental protection, engagement with indigenous communities, creating mining clusters and generally developing a sustainable mining model.This would see site visits to Australia next month by Latin American miners and government agencies to witness first-hand how mining can be conducted alongside agribusinesses.The 2013 Paydirt Latin America DownUnder program has attracted nearly 300 delegates from business, government, academia and a Latin America business media contingent.The program will be opened on Wednesday morning by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Bob Carr. He will be joined at the podium by Australia’s Latin American diplomatic corps, including its Austrade representatives active in the region. The Hon Gary Gray, Minister for Resources and Energy, will speak at the Conference’s Ministerial Dinner on Wednesday night.Chile (covered in detail in IM’s June issue) is the world’s largest copper and second-largest molybdenum producer; Brazil is the world’s second-largest iron ore producer; Peru (covered in detail in IM’s June issue) is the world’s eighth-largest gold producer and second-largest copper producer; Colombia has increasing coal reserves and production while Mexico is the world’s largest silver producer.  The region is home to some of the world’s biggest mining operations, including copper mines such as Escondida (expected to produce 1.3 Mt/y from 2015) and Collahausi (450,000 t copper produced in 2011), gold operations such as Laguna Norte and Yanacocha as well as Brazil’s Iron Quadrilateral.last_img read more

Poll Should TV programmes be allowed to show the slaughter of farm

first_img Yes, but only after the watershed (1635) No (975) Poll Results: AN ANIMAL RIGHTS group has urged RTÉ programme Ear to the Ground not to air a scene in its show tonight of its presenter killing a turkey.ARAN claims the slaughter of animals should not be broadcast, and expressed concern about children being exposed to it.The programme has said the method of slaughter used is “humane” and it has previously been argued that people who eat meat should see how it gets from the farm to their plate.But we want to know what you think: Should TV programmes be allowed to show the slaughter of farm animals? I’m not sure (423) Yes (1101) YesYes, but only after the watershedNoI’m not sureVotelast_img

Housing prices down by up to 10 percent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Residential property prices in the first six months of the year fell by an average of 4 to 10 percent, according to Aspis Real Estate, which described the market as “frozen” due to poor investor sentiment.Prices of older properties in central Athens – with an average age of 20 years – saw the biggest drop, falling 10 percent, while the price of newly built properties in the northern suburbs showed the most resilience, dropping 4 percent.Aspis Real Estate managing director Daniil Psomiadis said in a statement that the “necessary conditions for the market to rebound are an improvement in buyer sentiment, an increase in the flow of money from credit institutions and the normalisation of the economic climate.”In the southern suburbs, prices fell by an average of between 6 to 8 percent, depending on the age of the property, while prices in the western suburbs retreated by an across-the-board 8 percent.According to experts, the real estate market is not seen as rebounding until the second half of 2011, due to the large number of unsold homes that flooded the market before the economy started contracting in 2009.Low leveraging among property developers has allowed them to avoid slashing prices despite plunging demand.Psomiadis also said that price drops and the deregulation of Greece’s closed professions, such as notaries, will help lower costs for buyers, and provide the market with a growth factor.The Papandreou government is expected to introduce legislation in the autumn, opening up several state-regulated professions, such as pharmacists and engineers, to market conditions.last_img read more